[SCA-Dance] l'Amoroso a la Thea

White, John john.white at drexel.edu
Sun Apr 13 15:49:20 EDT 2008

>From:  tmcd at panix.com
>I was in Lady Thea's class at Terp.  I don't recall a detail in her
>    Lord: 3 Contrapassi with a Rip on the last.  mVt
>    Lady: Riv
>    Lord: Riv
>    Both: Riv
>    Lord: 2 pive, slow Dbl
>What's the timing on that?  In the standard version, both reverence
>just after halfway thru, but that wouldn't leave enough time for the
>two pive and double.  (Maybe I should look again for a recording other
>than Joy and Jealousy.)
>Daniel Lincoln

There are two manuscripts that record versions of Amoroso.  They have some
interesting differences, and the AWSmith translation of them squashes them 
together in a very odd way.  The Joy and Jealousy version is perfectly correct,
and follows one of the manuscripts fairly well.  Also, there are several other
reasonably available versions of the music, and the music itself is from one of
the manuscripts which means that, while there are variations in how the music
is played (more or less pive at the beginning, repeat structure of the end
part, etc), it's the correct music to use and the Joy and Jealousy music is
equally correct.

However, the steps above are in neither of the manuscripts in AWSmith.  If
you have any further documentation of where Lady Thea got her reconstruction -
manuscript used, reason for her using contrapassi (none appear in either
mms of Amoroso, or even in Amoroso for 3), multiple reverences (perhaps
you could interpret "and the woman responds to him" as the woman doing
a riverentia in another measure, but there's no further instruction that asks
them both to riverentia together.

I would be curious to know the provenance of this reconstruction of the dance.

         \\Arglwydd Dafydd Cyhoeddwr

PS  You can find Amoroso music on Musica Subterranea, A Consort of Dances
(by the Dragonscale Consort), and Alta Danza, among others.

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